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All in the Family

Bauers, Dahls, and Tongues have extended legacies at Oregon Law

The Bauers, the Dahls, and the Tongues share some things in common: they all have a passion for the law, and generations of their families attended Oregon Law.

Their practice of law is all in the family.

Joyle Dahl, class of 1959, practiced law for five decades before retiring in December 2010. He now works pro bono and maintains an office at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.

During his third year at the law school, Dahl signed up for the U.S. Department of Justice’s program that employed young lawyers. He worked there for four years before being hired by a Portland law firm.

“It was a great experience for a young lawyer. It was pretty good to get that kind of experience, traveling all over country,” Dahl said.

Dahl’s father, Judge Carl Dahl, now deceased, was a lawyer and then a circuit court judge in Portland after receiving his law degree in 1927.

Dahl’s son Peter graduated from the law school in 1999, but is not currently practicing the law.

Henry Stephen Bauer also diverged from the practice of law. He went on sabbatical in 2008 after working as a real estate lawyer for decades. Bauer is currently writing his first novel, serves as a sports announcer, and does volunteer police work.

“I think everybody ought to go to law school. You learn so much and it equips you for the real world,” Henry S. Bauer said.

Henry L. Bauer ’53, attended Oregon State University for his undergraduate degree. The law school was vastly different when he attended during the early 1950s. His entering class consisted of a grand total of 45 students. Bauer’s father, Stephen’s grandfather, also graduated from the law school.

Thomas Michael Tongue ’99, is a fifth generation Oregon lawyer and the fifth man in the state of Oregon with that name. “We have the same first and last names. Our middle names change,” Tongue said.

Tongue’s father, Thomas Healy Tongue, attended the UO as an undergraduate and received his law degree in Wisconsin, but is a renown Oregon attorney.

While he was at the law school during the late ’90s, Tongue actively supported the Law and Entrepreneurship student organization, and helped found the Law and Entrepreneurship Center program.

Tongue currently practices business law at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and was named to the Oregon Rising Stars list in 2010.

“I felt that the practice of business law, unlike litigation, gave more opportunities where you could solve problems in a way where both sides would walk away happy, as opposed to litigation where there’s a winner or loser,” Tongue said.

While it remains to be seen if future generations of these families will attend Oregon Law, one thing is certain: these generations of lawyers have left a legacy both at the law school and in the state of Oregon.


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